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      A Few Simple Rules   05/22/2017

      Sailing Anarchy is a very lightly moderated site. This is by design, to afford a more free atmosphere for discussion. There are plenty of sailing forums you can go to where swearing isn't allowed, confrontation is squelched and, and you can have a moderator finger-wag at you for your attitude. SA tries to avoid that and allow for more adult behavior without moderators editing your posts and whacking knuckles with rulers. We don't have a long list of published "thou shalt nots" either, and this is by design. Too many absolute rules paints us into too many corners. So check the Terms of Service - there IS language there about certain types of behavior that is not permitted. We interpret that lightly and permit a lot of latitude, but we DO reserve the right to take action when something is too extreme to tolerate (too racist, graphic, violent, misogynistic, etc.). Yes, that is subjective, but it allows us discretion. Avoiding a laundry list of rules allows for freedom; don't abuse it. However there ARE a few basic rules that will earn you a suspension, and apparently a brief refresher is in order. 1) Allegations of pedophilia - there is no tolerance for this. So if you make allegations, jokes, innuendo or suggestions about child molestation, child pornography, abuse or inappropriate behavior with minors etc. about someone on this board you will get a time out. This is pretty much automatic; this behavior can have real world effect and is not acceptable. Obviously the subject is not banned when discussion of it is apropos, e.g. talking about an item in the news for instance. But allegations or references directed at or about another poster is verboten. 2) Outing people - providing real world identifiable information about users on the forums who prefer to remain anonymous. Yes, some of us post with our real names - not a problem to use them. However many do NOT, and if you find out someone's name keep it to yourself, first or last. This also goes for other identifying information too - employer information etc. You don't need too many pieces of data to figure out who someone really is these days. Depending on severity you might get anything from a scolding to a suspension - so don't do it. I know it can be confusing sometimes for newcomers, as SA has been around almost twenty years and there are some people that throw their real names around and their current Display Name may not match the name they have out in the public. But if in doubt, you don't want to accidentally out some one so use caution, even if it's a personal friend of yours in real life. 3) Posting While Suspended - If you've earned a timeout (these are fairly rare and hard to get), please observe the suspension. If you create a new account (a "Sock Puppet") and return to the forums to post with it before your suspension is up you WILL get more time added to your original suspension and lose your Socks. This behavior may result a permanent ban, since it shows you have zero respect for the few rules we have and the moderating team that is tasked with supporting them. Check the Terms of Service you agreed to; they apply to the individual agreeing, not the account you created, so don't try to Sea Lawyer us if you get caught. Just don't do it. Those are the three that will almost certainly get you into some trouble. IF YOU SEE SOMEONE DO ONE OF THESE THINGS, please do the following: Refrain from quoting the offending text, it makes the thread cleanup a pain in the rear Press the Report button; it is by far the best way to notify Admins as we will get e-mails. Calling out for Admins in the middle of threads, sending us PM's, etc. - there is no guarantee we will get those in a timely fashion. There are multiple Moderators in multiple time zones around the world, and anyone one of us can handle the Report and all of us will be notified about it. But if you PM one Mod directly and he's off line, the problem will get dealt with much more slowly. Other behaviors that you might want to think twice before doing include: Intentionally disrupting threads and discussions repeatedly. Off topic/content free trolling in threads to disrupt dialog Stalking users around the forums with the intent to disrupt content and discussion Repeated posting of overly graphic or scatological porn content. There are plenty web sites for you to get your freak on, don't do it here. And a brief note to Newbies... No, we will not ban people or censor them for dropping F-bombs on you, using foul language, etc. so please don't report it when one of our members gives you a greeting you may find shocking. We do our best not to censor content here and playing swearword police is not in our job descriptions. Sailing Anarchy is more like a bar than a classroom, so handle it like you would meeting someone a little coarse - don't look for the teacher. Thanks.


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  1. As someone who never had the skill or knowledge to sail one, I think the 505 is the most awesome boat on the planet. Meanwhile, I'll keep dawdling along in my Laser.
  2. Given adolescent growth rates, I think the time span between Opti and Radial where a 4.7 is the appropriate size is about ten minutes. And I figure kids with Opti experience who are maybe not quite Radial-sized can still control the boat in most conditions, they just aren't competitive in a race. That phase won't last very long, and they probably view using the 4.7 rig as sailing with "training wheels". Adult sailors often feel the same way about the Radial vs. standard.
  3. I think Nasty Rasty did it for the insurance money.
  4. I haven't bought one yet.
  5. The Aero certainly seems to be the most viable Laser alternative in the last 40+ years.
  6. Maybe add some lead ballast to the centerboard. That would definitely make it more stable. You could also add some temporary outriggers.
  7. There is no better option. Both are the wrong option.
  8. There is definitely a lot of comradery in play here that would not happen if you were just one person with a new boat in a mixed fleet of different designs.
  9. That's a lot different from the Dolphin I learned to sail on:
  10. Dude, you need to look for a different boat. Learn to sail, THEN look into a 505.
  11. The Devoti One is an asymmetric singlehader with a 13.2 square meters gennaker, so not really comparable to the the other three boats. Perhaps you meant the Devoti D-Zero? Steve Cockerill did test drive the Aero and the D-Zero and compare them to the Laser. See https://www.roostersailing.com/blog/d-zero-and-aero-testing-in-20-knots/ His conclusions were... RS Aero = Judy Murray Devoti D-Zero = Caroline Flack Laser = Anne Widdecombe I had to Google all those names.
  12. Both of these boats would be horrible choices for you to start with. The 420 is too small, and the 505 is much too complex for a beginner.
  13. I have never liked hiking pants with suspenders. I bought the SEA with the waist-lock feature a few years ago, and I've had no issue with them riding down. They come in both breathable Airprene for warmer weather and full neoprene for colder.
  14. I believe the NASCAR Chase for the Cup was used as a comparison when the present Olympics sailing format was first announced. I think it is even more relevant now. They've been monkeying with the rules for over ten years to make the championship come down to last race/last lap drama, and it never works. And it NEVER involves Dale Jr. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NASCAR_playoffs
  15. As someone who spends maybe a little too much time online and maybe should sail a little more, the Melges 14 seems to have little online presence. I see RS Aero stuff all over the place. I think there is room for a Laser replacement, especially after almost 50 years. However, I don't think the declining sailboat market will support multiple new classes.